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Diminished returns for UK equipment

7th July 2017 - 15:46 GMT | by Alice Budge, Richard Thomas in London


A reduction in platform numbers is a recurring theme in the UK Armed Forces Equipment and Formations publication, with the headline loss being a 37% drop in unmanned systems in its inventory.

The document, published by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 6 July, outlines the number of platforms services have at their disposal. With the withdrawal of the Black Hornet from service this year there were 281 UAS as of 1 April 2017, a 37% reduction from the previous year, with the majority of systems remaining being the Desert Hawk III.

The Black Hornet nano-UAS was operated

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Alice Budge


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Richard Thomas is the Senior Editor, Naval at Shephard Media. Richard joined the company in …

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